Yesterday, I shared my experience at Hamad International Airport’s Al Mourjan business lounge. Before I landed in Doha, I had the pleasure of experiencing Qatar Airways’ Premium Lounge at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4.
The premium experience was felt from the very beginning at check-in. While handing over my bags, I was directed to a fast track security check, which was near the desk.
Unlike the process at Heathrow, there was hardly anyone in line for this check. Additionally, the location of the lounge was in close proximity to the exit of security. Therefore, the whole process between check-in and completing security screening took less than 10 minutes. This gave me some extra time to explore the lounge!
As soon as you step foot in the lounge, you can feel the classy ambiance. The golden decor and soft lighting complement each other perfectly, leading me to the seating and dining areas.
This lounge has a completely different feel to one that l experienced at Hamad International. Hamad’s most noticeable feature was its grandeur, with the architecture and size. However, this lounge felt more like a secret bar in central London, with its cozy yet luxurious approach.
I took a tour around each segment and noticed the different types of seating areas. There is a well-balanced offering of lounge, dining and business seating. There is also a variety of dining options.
Guests can either have options from the mezze counter or order from the menu. I sat down at a dining table at the wall opposite the bar to contemplate what to order. I decided on the chicken biryani. Being a bit of a connoisseur of Asian food, I was ready to critique the dish.
However, I could not fault it at all. At first, I assumed that the compact bowl that it came in would mean that there would not be nearly enough chicken but I was wrong. The ratio of ingredients in the dish was well-balanced and it tasted amazing. The meat was tender and the rice had hints of saffron, which is a favorite in Qatari cuisine. The raita and cashew nuts added some extra flavor and I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
After dining, I had another walk around the three segments of the lounge, and at the back end, there is a setting for more formal dining. In the middle of the room, there is a table with huge pots of pistachios nuts, candies, and chocolates.
There were also bowls of fruit and dates on the side. I opted for some dates, which soon became my new favorite snack from this trip as they were super sweet.
The business rooms had computers and printers for people to get in some last-minute work before their flights.
Along with this, there were showers in one of restrooms for some last-minute scrubbing!
I went back to my seat to eat some more dates, then a staff member of the lounge kindly informed me that my flight is ready for boarding. Unfortunately, it was time to go but I was excited for my time ahead to experience Qatar Airways’ renowned Qsuite business class.
Altogether, the hospitality of this lounge had a true Qatari spirit. The attentiveness, variety, and splendor of the service were evident throughout the whole visit. I would love to go back soon and spend more time there, especially to try more options from the flavorsome food menu. It was a pleasure to be a guest of Qatar Airways at this lounge.
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